Chat Log from the EdTechTalk chat room, during Teachers Teaching Teachers, Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Teachers Teaching Teachers #79Β 

20:42:33 SusanEttenheim -> hi lee

20:42:40 lee baber -> hi susan

20:42:49 lee baber -> victoria is going to be ready to come on at 9

20:43:04 lee baber -> i have her skype up and will do a check in here shortly with her

20:43:13 lee baber -> How are you?

20:43:29 SusanEttenheim -> good – and you?

20:43:40 SusanEttenheim -> have her in my skype we can all test together now if you watn

20:43:43 SusanEttenheim -> want

20:44:27 lee baber -> ok

20:58:03 smeech -> Good evening everyone…

20:58:46 ryanbretag -> Hey

20:59:17 lee baber -> vsn you t

21:00:54 paulallison -> Teachers Teaching Teachers will begin broadcasting soon!

21:03:55 paulallison -> We are getting set.

21:06:06 SusanEttenheim -> hi ryanbretag

21:06:09 SusanEttenheim -> hi smeech

21:06:15 smeech -> Good evening

21:06:46 lee baber -> Hello smeech

21:06:50 ryanbretag -> Hi Susan

21:07:39 SusanEttenheim -> hi alice!

21:07:57 alicebarr -> Hi Susan!

21:08:00 SusanEttenheim -> we have lots of room in the call tonight so we’ll call you in!

21:08:09 SusanEttenheim -> anyone who would like to chime in!

21:08:31 smeech -> Ryan just blogged tonight about blogging that might be interesting

21:09:18 smeech ->

21:09:41 ryanbretag -> @smeech just posted a comment back to you on my blog πŸ˜‰ Being a bit Socratic πŸ™‚

21:10:12 SusanEttenheim -> hi rickbiche

21:10:14 SusanEttenheim -> welcome

21:10:20 rickbiche -> hello

21:10:32 SusanEttenheim -> could everyone just say where and what you teach to get us started tonight?

21:10:33 lee baber -> Hello Alice

21:10:41 alicebarr -> Hi Lee

21:10:45 alicebarr -> Hi Rick

21:10:47 lee baber -> i need your sl name again

21:10:55 SusanEttenheim -> and welcome to scott as you can hear

21:10:56 rickbiche -> hi alice

21:10:58 lee baber -> i am getting you on the isle

21:11:02 rickbiche -> hi lee

21:11:04 alicebarr -> Cool

21:11:07 lee baber -> hi rich!!

21:11:09 lee baber -> rick

21:11:11 lee baber -> sorry

21:11:23 alicebarr -> Sorry to have disappeared for a few days

21:11:24 SusanEttenheim -> ok ok i’ll get it going… I’m Susan and I’m in a high school in NYC

21:11:37 alicebarr -> So busy at schools and went to Denver for a conference

21:12:05 lee baber -> oh i see

21:12:09 lee baber -> you mean in the chat room susan

21:12:19 SusanEttenheim -> lee – want to go next and maybe we can entice everyone else to introduce themselves too tonight

21:12:23 lee baber -> sorry:o

21:12:25 lee baber -> sure

21:12:26 SusanEttenheim -> yes

21:12:58 lee baber -> I’m Lee and I’m a CompTech8 teacher in Virginia

21:13:11 lee baber -> hi Durff

21:13:21 Durff -> hey

21:13:24 SusanEttenheim -> hi durff – just doing some quick intros – place and grade you teach?

21:13:41 Durff -> finishing up progress reports – attention not here

21:14:02 SusanEttenheim -> hi cheryl

21:14:05 SusanEttenheim -> welcome!

21:14:14 SusanEttenheim -> we’re calling everyone in tonight!

21:14:17 Durff -> i teach at broadfording christian academy in hagerstown maryland

21:14:19 cheryloakes -> Hi Susan,

21:14:26 SusanEttenheim -> ryan?

21:14:38 cheryloakes -> NO don’t call me, I am still editing and posting for my workshop. Lurking for now. πŸ™‚

21:15:05 ryanbretag -> Hi everyone — I’m Ryan Bretag from Northbrook, IL where I am an administrator at Glenbrook North High School — Instructional Technology Coordinator. However, I taught high school English prior to this position

21:15:18 Durff -> walking across the room…

21:15:19 SusanEttenheim ->

21:15:43 SusanEttenheim -> hi ryan welcome again

21:15:53 ryanbretag -> thx Susan — glad to be here

21:15:58 SusanEttenheim -> would you like to join us tonight?

21:16:07 SusanEttenheim -> we’d love to call you in whenever you are ready

21:16:07 smeech ->

21:16:33 SusanEttenheim -> hi malcorem welcome!

21:16:42 SusanEttenheim -> lol cheryl that’s what I was doing last night

21:16:58 alicebarr -> OK I could only offer friendship

21:17:08 paulallison -> Anybody else like to join us tonight?

21:17:09 SusanEttenheim -> lol alice!

21:17:18 SusanEttenheim -> welcome back malcorem

21:17:24 rickbiche -> my introduction-I teach science in the 8th grade in northern nh. I work on a team of 4 core teachers who I try to encourage to join me in web 2.0

21:17:26 SusanEttenheim -> where and what do you teach?

21:17:26 cheryloakes -> Just so little time and such great stuff happening all the time here.

21:17:30 alicebarr -> I would love to!

21:17:38 SusanEttenheim -> welcome back rickbiche’

21:17:41 alicebarr -> How about Cheryl too!

21:17:58 cheryloakes -> cheryl oakes, Wells, ME, Technology coach for K-12

21:18:15 cheryloakes -> Alice, still uploading my workshop jing directions for moodle.

21:18:47 SusanEttenheim -> cheryl where is your presentation?

21:19:26 cheryloakes -> I am presenting in the middle school, sending presentations to our moodle.

21:19:49 malcorem -> I am an EBD teacher, junior high, in Manitowoc, WI

21:20:02 cheryloakes -> We have many kids who go hunting the week before Thanksgiving, too.

21:20:03 SusanEttenheim -> ahh

21:20:07 rickbiche -> We are missing a few kids to ski camp this week

21:20:14 SusanEttenheim -> welcome malcorem

21:20:19 SusanEttenheim -> how did you find us?

21:20:54 rickbiche -> They are keeping up with classes via google docs, wikis and blog posts

Durff -> smeech – 8th grade attempted to leave comments on your blog
– we were unable to do so even though we all have google accounts

21:21:00 malcorem -> umm…via a tweet from jutecht

21:21:35 malcorem -> well, that’s how I found edtechtalk, anyway

smeech -> hmm… Paul Allison left a comment successfully… It
isn’t notifying us of any additional comments… thank you very much
Durff and great to see you!

21:22:27 SusanEttenheim -> great to have you here malcorem!

21:22:37 malcorem -> ty

21:22:50 malcorem -> hopefully I can figure out why i’m here lol

21:23:04 Durff -> it may have been our fire wall or server or some nonsense

21:23:07 SusanEttenheim -> what is ebd malcorem?

21:23:40 Durff -> you are her malcorem to teach us

21:23:43 malcorem -> Special Education – Emotional/Behavioral Disability

21:23:50 smeech -> could you try from home tonight Durff?

21:23:58 smeech -> that might help me troubleshoot

21:24:00 Durff -> i will –

21:24:07 smeech -> Once again… your the best!

21:24:54 SusanEttenheim -> ah interesting malcorem welcome! we are as durff said, teachers teaching teachers!

21:25:32 SusanEttenheim -> hi mjmontagne – welcome

21:25:51 malcorem -> I’ll take your word for it – hopefully you don’t mind my passivity at first

21:25:54 mjmontagne -> hi…thanks

21:26:15 derrallg -> Hi everyone

21:26:19 SusanEttenheim -> hi derrallg welcome!

21:26:25 SusanEttenheim -> where and what do you teach?

21:26:33 derrallg -> hi Susan

21:26:53 derrallg -> sixth grade math and science, Cupertino, CA

21:27:00 SusanEttenheim -> welcome!

21:27:08 derrallg -> thank you

21:27:13 derrallg -> !

21:27:33 derrallg -> hi durff

21:27:35 Durff -> but i have a blogger

21:27:40 alicebarr -> Paul: Jeff Utecht is tring to get in to chat room and is having trouble. Any ideas?

21:27:42 Durff -> so it posted

21:27:44 malcorem -> excuse my ignorance, but was there a specific topic be4 i got here

21:27:47 Durff -> hi derrall

21:27:58 SusanEttenheim -> is it a java issue?

21:28:00 Durff -> utecht?

21:28:08 derrallg -> yes

21:28:09 SusanEttenheim -> sometimes on a computer, we need to update the java

21:28:12 Durff -> have him skype in instead

21:28:31 lee baber -> I can suggest alice

21:28:33 alicebarr -> Thanks Durff

21:28:39 Durff -> $5

21:28:45 lee baber -> canyou have him im me?

21:28:46 SusanEttenheim -> How
much can we nurture independent personal blogging and research or
should we emphasize a whole group inquiry, leading to more discussion?

21:28:52 lee baber -> I have trouble too

21:28:57 alicebarr -> lol

21:28:58 derrallg -> i sent a twitter to him

21:28:59 SusanEttenheim -> here’s one of our questions for tonight

21:29:05 alicebarr -> He is on Twitter Lee

21:29:09 malcorem -> cool, that helps

21:29:18 Durff -> who initiated the skype call?

21:29:19 SusanEttenheim -> but it looks like we have a lot of new middle school teachers so that may be the direction!

21:29:27 alicebarr -> Thanks Derrallg

21:29:39 derrallg -> i’m glad when i can help

21:29:54 SusanEttenheim -> i did durff… why?

21:30:12 Durff -> asking utecht to call you – ok?

21:30:26 SusanEttenheim -> I’ll have to call him

21:30:34 Durff -> or do you want him to join a backchannel

21:30:35 SusanEttenheim -> you can text me the number

21:31:33 Durff -> can utecht hear?

21:32:06 alicebarr -> Durff, not sure haven’t heard back via Twitter yet

21:32:11 derrallg -> the last thing i remember reading is about cooking

21:32:20 Durff -> ok

21:34:37 SusanEttenheim ->

21:34:49 SusanEttenheim -> welcome back malcorem

21:35:04 malcorem -> hi again

21:35:10 malcorem -> firefox quit on me…

21:35:24 SusanEttenheim -> that happens

21:36:03 Durff -> jeff says this sounds good

21:36:15 SusanEttenheim -> durff would he like to be callled in?

21:36:17 Durff -> java for him is up to date

21:36:23 SusanEttenheim -> tell him to just text me the number please

21:36:30 Durff -> he hears fine but i can ask

21:36:35 Durff -> if you want

21:36:37 Durff -> your show

21:36:52 smeech -> Durff… your comment was published… thank you!

21:37:11 Durff -> must be our school the\n

21:37:14 Durff -> sorry

21:37:14 SusanEttenheim -> we’re taking comments and questions tonight!

21:38:32 smeech -> Durff … np … our kids are super excited about talking with your students after Turkey Day

21:38:42 Durff -> okay

21:41:17 mjmontagne -> does anyone have large numbers of students use blogger??

21:41:28 rickbiche ->

21:41:29 Durff -> nope

21:41:38 mjmontagne -> we’ve been using blogger w/8th graders b/c it is so easy…

21:41:48 SusanEttenheim -> mjmontagne – could you remind of us where you are and what you teach?

21:42:00 mjmontagne -> but, not much control over blog tool from teacher standpoint

21:42:12 mjmontagne -> University school of Milwaukee-

21:42:25 mjmontagne -> I’m the middle school technology integrator at USM

21:42:46 mjmontagne -> also teach some film/media, computer science classes

21:43:11 derrallg -> Can Lee B. talk about what her students were supposed to share today at the Unconference?

21:43:27 lee baber -> sure derrall

21:43:46 derrallg -> thanks lee πŸ™‚

21:44:10 lee baber -> let me actaully speak it when we have a small opening

21:44:19 derrallg -> yes

21:45:10 derrallg -> Do others here use the Big6 model?

21:47:00 Durff -> derrall we do

21:48:13 SusanEttenheim -> hi phawkenson welcome

21:48:16 Bud -> Evenin’ room.

21:48:34 SusanEttenheim -> hi bud!

21:48:35 Durff -> hi bud

21:48:44 lee baber -> so hi bud

21:49:46 Bud -> Talking blogs tonight, huh?

21:49:55 malcorem -> how often do y’all do this?

21:49:55 SusanEttenheim -> lol bud

21:50:07 SusanEttenheim -> every wed 9pm est time

21:50:08 smeech -> Derallg I focus on using #6 of Big 6 as I think it is the most important!

21:50:14 SusanEttenheim -> edtechtalk is the place to be!

21:50:23 Bud -> hey, susan – y’all’ve had some great shows lately

21:50:28 SusanEttenheim -> bring your questions/problems/and challenges!

21:50:35 derrallg -> @smeech I always have trouble getting there

21:50:44 SusanEttenheim -> bud we need to get your students in here talking too

21:51:11 SusanEttenheim -> we have middle school and high school places now

21:51:27 Bud -> Alas – I’m fresh out of students at the moment.

21:51:31 Bud -> Otherwise, I’d be there.

21:51:48 Bud -> But I am going to be recommending some teachers that way, soon.

21:51:49 SusanEttenheim -> lol connections in your state?

21:52:08 derrallg -> @smeech this is the first time i’ve met others using it

21:52:08 Bud -> oh, don’t worry – I’ve still got access to teachers – they’re not quite ready, though –

21:52:09 SusanEttenheim -> *
Why not give students their own blogs–such as on blogger–which get
fed into a social network vs. blogging directly in a social network?

21:52:16 Bud -> soon, so soon

21:52:42 SusanEttenheim -> our spanish community will be launching and getting active in the next few weeks too

21:52:48 smeech -> I think Ryan wrote something interesting about blogging today:

21:52:54 Durff -> spanish?

21:53:37 lee baber -> would you ..anyone..try this yugma to see if its working

21:53:44 mjmontagne -> student sample:

21:53:45 smeech -> Susan.. we have a Spanish teacher very interested in hooking up with a Spanish community.

21:54:08 SusanEttenheim -> great!

21:54:27 mjmontagne -> (my professional blog)

21:55:06 Durff -> what do you mean setting up in a blog susan?

21:55:41 SusanEttenheim -> durff so my students blog only in youth voices

21:55:56 SusanEttenheim -> as opposed to having an individual blogger account

21:56:11 Durff -> ah….why can’t kids have more than one blog?

21:56:14 lee baber -> can anyone get in that yugma

21:56:27 SusanEttenheim -> I admire what Vicki is doing feeling that she wants her students to have "real" blogs at blogger

21:56:33 Durff -> oh i see what you mean

21:56:56 Bud -> I’ve done both blogger and elgg – and both make sense for different reasons/purposes.

21:57:00 SusanEttenheim -> but I think that’s not right for my classes so it’s an intersting question

21:57:07 Durff -> i have an 8th grader who just got a learner blog

21:57:19 Durff -> i had her last year

21:57:33 derrallg -> @lee i’m in

21:57:37 Durff -> she wanted a place to connect

21:57:39 Bud -> Is that Paul A? Is he okay? Ill?

21:57:55 SusanEttenheim -> yes bud

21:57:58 SusanEttenheim -> and yes

ryanbretag -> What happens if more and more teachers begin to ask
students to blog? I think it is imperative that we start to look at one
blog per student within schools that carry across the curriculum. This
will allow for a more authentic blog. When it is isolated to a project
or short time period, I’m not sure it can become a transformative

21:58:19 Durff -> last i heard, she had 21 comments the first week – many from people in this chatroom (thanks)

21:58:21 Bud -> aw, man – that’s too bad – just in time for the annual meeting.

21:58:28 lee baber -> oh great derrall

21:58:45 lee baber -> ryan i agree

21:58:46 Bud -> @ryan – yep. We need to build or support systems that allow for multiple options.

21:58:47 mjmontagne -> ryan-GREAT question…I have same question with ning communities

21:59:04 Durff -> which qqt?

21:59:09 SusanEttenheim -> thanks for letting us know durff!

21:59:17 lee baber -> yes durff thanks

Bud -> I don’t think that one blog per kid always makses sense – but
I do wish I could pass them out in Kindergarten and keep them going
through 12th grade.

21:59:26 Durff -> thank you for commenting!

21:59:54 Durff -> mine each have their own in blogmeister

21:59:56 SusanEttenheim -> ok bud who was blogging or talking about just that this week….

22:00:04 Durff -> which needs a new server

22:00:15 derrallg -> @bud i’m having trouble teaching math and science to find the time

22:00:34 Durff -> we are required to maintain that work

22:00:43 Durff -> we have to archive it

22:01:08 Bud -> Yeah – exactly. Sustainable, and long-term.

22:01:23 SusanEttenheim -> bud do you know joyce valenza’s work?

22:01:26 Durff -> laws would have to change

22:01:34 Bud -> I do – haven’t read her blog this week.

22:01:38 Bud -> NeverEndingSearch?

22:01:45 Durff -> parental expectations would have to change

22:02:03 SusanEttenheim -> yes and she did a great post about blogging the research process

22:02:15 SusanEttenheim -> in what way durff?

22:02:26 derrallg -> @susan iwhere is joyce valenza posting/writing now

22:02:40 SusanEttenheim -> she has a column at the school library journal

22:02:45 SusanEttenheim -> I’ll get some links

22:02:55 derrallg -> she used to have her own blog right?

22:02:58 Bud -> thanks, Susan – I’m looking now.

22:03:06 Bud -> She still does, Derrall – just moved to SLJ.

22:03:11 derrallg -> ok

22:03:44 SusanEttenheim ->

22:03:54 SusanEttenheim -> she still does

smeech -> We still have districts looking at blogging in a negative

22:04:09 SusanEttenheim -> but this article is particularly interesting I think….

22:04:18 Bud -> That’s just what we did with speech class – blogged the search and research process.

22:04:21 SusanEttenheim -> why smeech?

22:04:37 lee baber -> i am on the back end tring to help jeff utecht get into our chat!

22:04:38 SusanEttenheim -> where bud- could we see it?

22:04:41 smeech -> Fear factor by schools about technology in general

22:04:47 lee baber -> working on the yugma to do this

22:04:49 smeech -> Schools fear a loss of control

22:04:55 Bud -> Some in Elgg – and some private – by the students’ choice – but some public

ryanbretag -> It would also be nice if schools setup a page that
displayed the blogs within their school — similar to what Standford
does. I’m currently building ours at GBN and it might make building the
k-12 blogosphere a lot easier to navigate. Then, a nice wiki that links
to the various sites would tie this together nicely.

22:04:58 Bud -> let me dig around a bit

22:05:09 derrallg -> @lee cool

22:05:20 Bud -> @ryanbretag: Bigger than one blogosphere or one wiki.

22:05:27 Durff -> wow 10:04 – gotta call it a night – work tomorrow….bye all!

22:05:28 Bud -> but I like the idea of tying communities together.

22:05:39 SusanEttenheim -> night durff – thanks for coming!

22:05:46 derrallg -> bye durff

22:06:12 lee baber -> i like tying them together too!

22:06:17 Bud -> Here’s some of the conversation:

ryanbretag -> @bud sure but there needs to be a starting point for
k-12 schools looking for the connections within a familiar context
before the "greater" audience

22:06:33 Bud -> I loved the levels of choice in Elgg – public, private, within a group, etc.

ryanbretag -> Believe me, I want our students to be writing as
writers NOT students. However, I know a starting point for many will be
seeing other schools

22:06:56 Bud -> Students need, too, to be able to choose what’s public and what’s not. And they need to know that not everything should be public.

22:07:02 lee baber -> yes.. we have the choice as teachers and they do as students

22:07:09 SusanEttenheim -> yes bud – our spanish teacher is starting a nuestras voces community

22:07:14 ryanbretag -> That is where Google Docs works so well with Blogger

22:07:20 Bud -> Students need, too, to be able to choose what’s public and what’s not. And they need to know that not everything should be public.

22:07:21 SusanEttenheim -> where spanish students can converse with each other

22:07:25 Bud -> oops

22:07:29 Bud -> forgive the repost

22:07:36 Bud -> Susan, that’s so cool re: Spanish.

22:07:48 Bud -> @ryan – sure – there should be starting points. Plural.

22:08:00 smeech -> Night Durff!

22:08:03 ryanbretag -> right on

paulallison -> My students write and revise in Google Docs, publish
to their own blogger accounts, then suck that into Youth Voices or
Personal Learning Space.

22:08:41 Bud -> There’s an awful lot of bloggers trying to wrap their heads around the entire world of blogs. Ain’t gonna happen. Can’t happen. Not possible.

22:08:57 SusanEttenheim -> what do you mean bud?

22:09:30 Bud -> I mean that there isn’t "one blogosphere" or "edusphere" or "kidusphere." It’s illusory to believe that there is.

22:09:52 SusanEttenheim -> that’s what’s so big for them to learn don’t you think?

smeech -> We have layers of learning in all aspects of our student
learning … why would blogging be any different?

SusanEttenheim -> my students were overwhelmed when they came to
class today and their little Google News search in their Google Reader
had 20-40 new links!

22:10:42 derrallg -> got to go tonight, my fiancee is calling, good night everyone

22:11:12 lee baber -> susan what do they have in their readers

22:11:22 ryanbretag -> @Bud Sure… I don’t see a problem with that. We do it with Web 2.o0, Classroom 2.0, etc.

22:11:37 ryanbretag -> It is how we move to a level of comfort, a level of personal understanding

22:11:44 SusanEttenheim -> they did a Google news search on the question that they are researching now

SusanEttenheim -> see HOw to find information for your Google Reader
in the instructions section at

22:13:01 ryanbretag -> It has been grand all — have a great evening!

22:13:06 BUd -> I got disconnected – can someone repost the last minute or two of eloquence?

22:13:08 smeech -> later Ryan!

22:13:15 BUd -> g’night, ryan.

22:13:15 SusanEttenheim -> night ryan

22:14:22 BUd -> I missed the best part of the conversation, huh?

22:14:27 lee baber -> [smeech] Night Durff!

[ryanbretag] right on

[paulallison] My students write and revise in Google Docs, publish to
their own blogger accounts, then suck that into Youth Voices or
Personal Learning Space.

[Bud] There’s
an awful lot of bloggers trying to wrap their heads around the entire
world of blogs. Ain’t gonna happen. Can’t happen. Not possible.

[SusanEttenheim] what do you mean bud?

[Bud] I mean that there isn’t "one blogosphere" or "edusphere" or "kidusphere." It’s illusory to believe that there is.

[SusanEttenheim] that’s what’s so big for them to learn don’t you think?

[smeech] We have layers of learning in all aspects of our student learning … why would blogging be any different?

[SusanEttenheim] my students were overwhelmed when they came to class
today and their little Google News search in their Google Reader had
20-40 new links!

[derrallg] got to go
tonight, my fiancee is calling, good night everyone User derrallg has
logged out. [lee baber] susan what do they have in their readers

22:14:53 BUd -> thanks, lee

22:15:08 lee baber -> names though … πŸ™‚

22:15:16 SusanEttenheim -> lee- what was that… that was strange… πŸ˜‰

22:15:21 BUd -> ‘s all right.

22:15:24 SusanEttenheim -> wink i mean

22:15:30 BUd -> I get the gist – I think.

22:15:42 lee baber -> o oh bud logged out and missed some text …

22:15:50 lee baber -> so i cut and paste it back in for him to read

22:15:53 smeech -> Matt… I would like to chat with you more!

22:16:04 BUd -> "logged out" is so kind.

22:16:11 lee baber -> hehe

22:16:14 BUd -> I stepped on the powercord and.

22:16:17 lee baber -> oh no

22:16:19 BUd -> you can figure out the rest.

22:16:39 lee baber -> yes. a familiar story.. i usually just dont plug in and lose power that way

22:16:41 BUd -> Still sick and super – well done, Paul, as always.

22:17:14 SusanEttenheim -> night all

22:17:26 lee baber -> night susan

22:18:30 Bud -> Thanks for a good listen. HAve a great time at the Annual Meeting – tell everyone hi for me – and be sure to record the good stuff!